Hockey Canada has developed a series of specialty clinics to offer coaches a practical session on teaching various skills, tactics and systems.




The NOHA is able to offer to its membership the following four Specialty Clinics:


  • Small Area Games

  • Shooting and Scoring

  • Puck Control

  • Skating


These specialty clinics have been developed to provide additional training and education for coaches which they can implement with their players.   The instructional modules are based around newly created Hockey Canada resources that address a player’s technical and tactical development. The most important aspect is that the coaches learn how to teach the skills effectively.


Each clinic includes an in-class and on-ice component.  The in-class sessions will last approximately 50 minutes and includes an electronic presentation of the skills and discussion of the skills required to perform each drill.  Each clinic also requires approximately 60 minutes of ice.

Associations who wish to host the Hockey Canada Specialty Clinics for their Coaches must contact NOHA Technical Director, Andrew Corradini at (705) 474-8851.


See below the Association’s responsibilities to host a Hockey Canada Specialty Clinic, as well as the NOHA’s responsibilities.


Association Responsibilities


–         Provide one hour of ice – the Association is responsible for the cost of ice time

–         Provide a hall to host the off-ice session to be used for 75-90 minutes; the facility should be at the arena

–         Promote the Clinic(s) to their Coaches


NOHA Responsibilities


–         Ensure instructor availability for suggested dates

–         Ship clinic handouts to instructor

–         Input participants into Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) to show clinic attendance by participants




Every practice should contain some form of game type situations and competitive drills.  Small area games accomplishes this without doing the traditional scrimmage activities and allows more players to be active and enables you as the coach to work on technical skills, individual tactics and team tactics in a manner that is seen as fun by the players.  Learning to handling the puck, and make decisions quicker and in smaller areas is part of the game that is often lost in practice, that’s why small area games follow this motto:



Players need to know how to pick the right shot for the right opportunity, and every player should have a complete arsenal of shots to choose from. When they learn to execute those shots quickly and accurately, and with power, that’s when they become consistent producers.

Everybody likes to see that red light go on, so working on shooting skills is not only important, it’s fun and rewarding, too.

This module contains a series of progressive drills designed to develop and improve any player’s ability to shoot and score.


Puck Control is one of the skill areas that players enjoy practicing the most. Most players spend most of the game without the puck on their stick, so when they do get possession, they need to make the most of it. It is the ability to make the most of that possession, whether puckhandling or passing, that creates great players and great plays.

These fundamental aspects of puck handling will give any player the tools they need to maintain control of the puck in virtually any game situation.


The ability to skate efficiently and effectively is the foundation for all other hockey skills.  To put it another way, skating is to hockey what running is to soccer. A player’s skating ability is directly related to their performance in puck control, shooting, and checking.  Because of this fundamental connection, any time spent on improving a player’s skating abilities is an investment that will improve all aspects

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